Limits of live broadcasts and news of sports events

By Kajigailiu Gaiduwan Kamei, Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

Delhi High Court recently delivered a judgment in a case that is expected to have a substantial impact on the manner in which sporting organizations assign rights to sports broadcasters and, ultimately, on the limits of rights that they can assign and restrictions that may be placed on third parties.

Kajigailiu Gaiduwan Kamei Managing associate Lall Lahiri & Salhotra
Kajigailiu Gaiduwan Kamei
Managing associate
Lall Lahiri & Salhotra

The judgment was passed by a single judge and later set aside because one of the parties, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), was not afforded the opportunity to file its written statement. The matter is, in effect, to be re-heard on merits and the status quo between the parties prior to the filing of the suit is continuing.

Indian courts have seen numerous sports broadcast-related legal battles, almost all of them in respect of cricket. This case concerns the BCCI and Star Sports objecting to a website that provides written ball-by-ball commentary of cricket matches and also provides updates of match scores via text messages (SMS) to their subscribers.

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Kajigailiu Gaiduwan Kamei is a managing associate at Lall Lahiri & Salhotra, which is an IP boutique based in Gurgaon.


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